Archive for May 14th, 2012
OTTAWA - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is upping the ante in the debate over so-called backdoor long-gun registries.
On CTV Question Period Sunday, the premier said it is up to the federal government to change legislation to make it clear chief firearms officers (CFOs) can’t tell gun shops to keep point-of-sale ledgers.
Ontario’s CFO “is basically saying to this point in time that he doesn’t recognize the authority of the federal government or any of their officers to dismantle a system that he believes he has the discretion to put in place and keep in place,” McGuinty told host Kevin Newman.
His comments come after a week of back-and-forth between the Ontario government, the federal government and the RCMP over the ledgers.
Last week, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson called on the CFOs to cease imposing any licensing conditions on gun shops that would allow for the creation of provincial gun registries.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has called the ledgers “unauthorized data collection.”
Firearms specialist and criminal lawyer Solomon Friedman said Sunday the Conservative government should take McGuinty up on his offer.
“This is a chance for Parliament to reign in once and for all the chief firearms officer and to limit his discretion by clear legislation,” he said.